Look at an aerial view of Wildcat Creek Quail Hunting Resort and you'll see an outdoorsman's playground. The preserve's more than 1,200 acres in Red River County spans dense forests abutting brush-strewn fields and interior ponds, prime hunting grounds for quail and wild hogs. Ron Parker runs Wildcat Creek so his guests can forge the kind of memories he cherishes from hunting with his dad.
Guided trips supply hunters with brush buggies and dogs handled by in-house trainers. To prep guests for trips into the field, Wildcat Creek's grounds also encompass a sporting-clays course with optional wobble traps, a 3-D archery range set in the woods, and a shooting range for sighting rifles. Additionally, the 16-acre Old Mitchell Lake serves as a setting for both traditional and fly fishing.
More than 10,000 square feet of facilities includes cabins, a pro shop, and a lodge, which offers amenities such as a pool table, high-speed Internet, and satellite service. The Parkers pride themselves on hospitality, serving a different menu of home-cooked meals each day. And to maintain an environment where everyone feels safe, they lead all first-time guests through a mandatory safety course.
Shaped like 18 distinct clearings in Ouachita National Forest, the holes of Cedar Creek Golf Course reside at the western extremity of the sprawling Broken Bow Lake. Keeping a golf ball from sneaking off into the pine trees that line the fairways of each hole is a good start for any golfer, but the dense forestry isn't the only hazard looming over the layout. Significant elevation swings—the course runs among the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains—and the course's namesake creek can wear equally on any golfer's psyche. Those who can keep their shots squarely on the Bermuda grass greens and fairways, however, will enjoy an easier round as they soak in picturesque surroundings. A practice area complete with driving range and putting green can help prepare golfers for their rounds, giving players a spot to stretch, calibrate swings, and warn trees with practice axe-chops before teeing off on the first hole.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,582 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.3 from the back tees
Course slope of 125 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
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Cuisine Type: Pizza, burgers, wings, and pasta
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Fresh hand-tossed pizza
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The Loft was seen in the recent movie Red Wing, which was filmed primarily in Whitewright and starred Luke Perry, Bill Paxton, and Frances Fisher.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have happy hour Monday–Friday from 2–7 p.m. and all day on Sunday. On Wednesday nights we have karaoke, and on Thursday nights we have an open mic. We also feature three big screen TVs for watching sports.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our décor reflects the personalities and interests of the owners, who are sky diving enthusiasts and rocket scientists. There is an airplane hanging in the middle of the dining room, a parachute hanging near the kitchen, sky-diving photos, and some de-commissioned rockets. We also mounted an old style movie projector on the wall.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our pizza dough is made from scratch every morning. We toss it by hand right in front our diners before topping each pizza with mozzarella cheese and our signature marinara sauce. We offer freshly sliced jalapenos (not pickled or cooked) as a topping, and we hand-cut and cook our french fries to order. Each burger comes with a seasoned 1/3 pound patty and a side of fries or a salad.
Leafy trees throw cooling shade over Sleepy Sheep Ranch’s zigzagging trails as horseback riders and their steeds trot past ponds and trickling creeks. When not escorting riders around the ranch’s maze of riding trails, resident horses and their goat companions frolic in a sprawling pasture, where both experienced and fledgling equestrians can saddle up their own horses or those that live at the ranch. Sleepy Sheep Ranch provides board and care for local equines whose owners don’t have the space and for local mustangs lying low after losing a road race to a golf cart. Serious riders can peruse a for-sale selection of livestock, which includes a handful of stallions and boisterous goats whose iron stomachs allow them to eat not only their own share of food, but the horses’ and compost bins’ as well.